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Say Less

Posted on 27 March 2013

“I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.” - Mark Twain

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

One more, from a mentor: “Start as close to the end as possible.”

1. Turns out the Mark Twain quote can more accurately be attributed to Blaise Pascal. Both men echoed the sentiment, but neither said the exact words.

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4 Comments

The shorter letter quote attributed to Mark Twain goes back at least as far as Pascal: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Blaise_Pascal

Posted by Friends of Darwin on 17 April 2013 @ 11pm

Thanks. It’s too bad that he didn’t say it in such a catchy way. The power of revision over centuries.

Posted by Andrew on 18 April 2013 @ 2pm

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Posted by Want me to care? Then explain it to me like you want me to care | AndrewKurjata.ca on 23 August 2013 @ 4am

No more than once a week, promise.


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